New Set of Exercises, New Set of Sore Muscles

April 20, 2010

Bunny’s physical therapist has given her a brand new workout routine!

She feels very confident doing the workouts he gives her, because he understands the special requirements posed by Bunny’s knee rehab (it’s doing quite well, thank you!), and he is also quite familiar with the ins and outs of–

well, let’s just say it–

fat old ladies working out.

So here’s Bunny with a new work-out routine. Let’s look at it.

No mat this time. No more shoving her face into God knows what kind of sweaty ickyness lurks in the gym carpet. Yay.

Like the last routine, her warm-up is 20 minutes on the recumbent bike. Do what you can, try to do a little more each time. Pedal a little faster, or add some incline. Got it.

For her cool-down (neither of Bunny’s exercise advisors agreed with her suggestion that a cool-down would be better done at the juice bar), her second set of 20 minutes on the recumbent bike have been replaced with 10 minutes on an elliptical.

Bunny’s scared of the elliptical. It forces her into an uncomfortable position (she’s told she will get used to it), and she’s afraid she’ll fall off when trying to get on and off the thing (this fear is not unfounded; Bunny’s a klutz).

Ellipticals burn calories much faster than a recumbent bike. Bunny can’t last very long on one of those things, but her instructions are to stay on it for 10 minutes, do what she can, and try to push it up a little bit whenever she feels ready.

In between these two cardio activities, she is to do three sets of 15 reps of the following:

  • Squats. Not too bad.  Hold on to something and lower into a seating position, then up.
  • Toe raises. Very simple–stand on your tippy toes, then down. This is an exercise? Cool!
  • Stand up straight, raise leg out to side, slowly down. Both legs. Not at the same time.
  • Grab a balance ball, put it against the wall and against lower back. Squat slowly, slowly up. (There’s our old friend slowly again.) Oh, and there’s a trick here–hold 5-pound weights while doing this one. Arms up when body comes up, down when body moves down.

Bunny is pretty sure there’s another exercise she’s supposed to do. Something involving 1-lb. weights.  She wishes she could remember what the exercise is.

Now, a new twist–exercise machines!

The first exercise is on a machine that has pulley thingies. She thinks it’s called a standing row. She stands facing the machine, grabs the handles on the pulley in front of her, and pulls towards her chest and out. The weight on this is currently set for 15 lbs.

The other machine exercise is for her legs. She sits on a funky device with a big metal plate for her feet. She pushes. Either the plate goes forward or she goes back. Apparently either is fine. The weight on this is currently 100 lbs. Wow! That sounds great, doesn’t it? If she doesn’t kill herself getting on and off, this one is no problem.

That’s it!

The first time she did this routine, it didn’t seem too bad, but the next morning, the fronts of Bunny’s thighs thought someone had set fire to them. OWWWW!!!

That’s good, right? It seems clear that pain is good. Not all pain, but some pain. Which pain, Bunny isn’t sure. She has lots of problems determining which pain is ok and which is not.

This is one of her main problems with going to the gym. She frets about these things.

The day after the workout, her foot started to hurt. It lasted a few days. Her foot/shin/ankle/something just didn’t feel right. She didn’t know whether to push through it or give it time to heal.

She went with time off. Raise your hand if you’re surprised.

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